Articles by Max


The State of British Comedy

Where do I start with this one? 15 Years ago British comedy was edging towards a remarkable heyday; Blackadder had finished, Fry & Laurie’s sketch series had hit comedy fans squarely between the eyes, and new writers such as Charlie Higson were forging careers providing gags for newcomers Reeves & Mortimer.  Meanwhile on Radio One…

Congratulations BBC.co.uk/DoctorWho

The team behind the BBC’s Official Doctor Who website have been nominated for International Interactive Emmy Award. The award recognises innovation in media beyond broadcast television – for instance the Web, the Interactive TV services, TARDISODES on mobile phones, etc. “The Doctor Who television series has always been at the forefront of creative innovation, and…

New Doctor & Donna Pictures

Doesn’t look like anyone’s ready to confirm or deny in dales in April just yet, so in the meantime the nice people at the Official Doctor Who website have given us a couple of new pictures of the Doctor and Donna. There are two in total, and we show one of them here, mainly because…

Print Spinoffs

The age of the comedy spinoff is most certainly with us, with companion guides and kerching cashins a-plenty in Borders and Waterstones last Christmas. Most notable of these was Al Murray’s The Pub Landlord’s Book of British Common Sense which I’ll be reviewing once I’ve cleaned up all the wee. Previous years have seen chimps…

Top comedy writers?

When I tune into a new comedy series written by an established name, I expect to be entertained. So when I spot the name David Renwick, Simon Nye, John Sullivan – perhaps Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Rowan Atkinson and even Steven Moffat – I expect to be entertained. Now of course not everyone is capable…

Clive Anderson’s Chat Room

Just tuned in for the first time to Clive Anderson’s Chat Room; a simple, honest formula with a good selection of guests providing radiophonic mirth on Saturday lunchtimes. What we have is basically a topical discussion chaired by Anderson and contributed to by a group of comedians and veteran broadcasters, as well as some minor…

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